We missed one hell of a “Barn Find” auction

Let’s make this long story short. Somewhere in England or United Kingdom or Great Britain, some land property sold for redevelopment. On this property were warehouses. Those warehouses are full of cars. Apparently the old property owner did not care for those cars enough to move them. Or perhaps he or she (let’s be honest, mostly likely he) simply couldn’t move them. So now the new property owner is auctioning these cars off. Or rather, already auctioned them off. And, woah, what cars they were.

These were not just some random cars either. Oh, no. These were specifically selected cars by a person of great tastes and lots of ambition to restore them. Unfortunately ambition does not always translate to means, whether financial, time, or physical skill means. And that is how they probably ended here.

From the auction detail page:

These vehicles have been stored in numerous barns on the same property for quite a few years.The property that the vehicles had been stored has been sold for redevelopment and the vehicles needed to be moved to make way for the redevelopment.The vehicles have been collected from the barns that they lay in and transported to our site ready to be auctioned.No inspections or appraisals have been done on these vehicles.We are selling the vehicles as “Sold as seen / without warranty”.We DO NOT have any documentation for any of the vehicles and will not engage in attempting to locate documents for any of the vehicles in this auction.

Details for all of the 135 vehicles are here on NCM Auction’s site.  There is something for everyone there. For instance: Jensen Interseptor IIIAlfa Romeo GTVPeugeot 304 Convertible, 6×6 Range RoverBMW 750 HARTGE, Volkswagon Scirocco GT, Toyota Celica GT4, what looks like a bent Lancia Fulvia, Porsche 928 S, and a bunch of cars I have never heard of, such as Midas. WTF is that?

Conditions varied. I’m sure some would run with a jump start, maybe even drive. Because none of these cars seemed to have proper documentation and/or registration, they probably went for cheap money. Unfortunately the auction house did not provide the results of the auction, which is annoying. I guessing that some of these did not sell and therefore may have gone into the scrapper, which would be a shame.

So, what would you grab from there?

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21 responses to “We missed one hell of a “Barn Find” auction”

  1. mdharrell Avatar

    Occasionally I will admit to myself that it is perhaps just as well I don’t have more land and money.

    1. Kamil K Avatar

      You of all people, yes.

    2. outback_ute Avatar

      The range of kit cars is impressive. This Range Rover based one is similar to one that lived not far from my last home – only saw it a couple of times when the roller door was up.

      There was also a Lotus 7-type car with an interesting inboard front suspension setup, and the Trident could be a nice project – space for more modern wheel/tyre too. Originally it was going to be a TVR.


      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7537474302f9177412f8f36902f638a84cd81672a6cbba4adcad0d9577b78bc4.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/caa8cd85f11fc87b7330259543ef1cbd8520c5572e8469ce2b8adf18f7ec37f4.jpg

    3. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      Me too.

  2. Sjalabais Avatar

    Generally a fan of the Humber Super Snipe, but the four eyed burgundy Spectre – AFM624A – is a rarity of sorts. Pretty!


    Lots of quite eclectic choices here, but the Peugeot 304 Convertible in dark green was a great looker, too!

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      There is another one that looks a little more solid – the fastback Rapier looks a lot better even if it doesn’t have the character of the Sceptre. Was there another car that had the detail of the roof reaching over the back window?

        1. outback_ute Avatar

          Well yes, but very different angles, nothing like the overlapping style of the Sceptre

  3. outback_ute Avatar

    Which they have described as a Gilburn… I was going to ask Genie or Invader, but the large Ford Thames tail lights are apparently the giveaway, also the wire wheels are a sign of an early car with MGB suspension.

    The cream car next to the Gilbern is one I didn’t recognise, described as an Avante which is a VW kit car.

    The Midas is a Mini-based kit car. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8b9a05c63889fa341703578deeb791bc1128899a43822ae3df1916e78476f4c6.jpg

    1. crank_case Avatar

      Not sure if that’s a facelift model, but if so, it’s your only affordable chance to buy a Gordon Murray design.

      1. Rover 1 Avatar
        Rover 1

        Early model with the rectangular headlights.

  4. neight428 Avatar

    I’m with mdharrell, this is both ridiculous in all circumstances and a foreseeable eventuality of an unconstrained hoon.

  5. crank_case Avatar

    The worst thing is in the UK climate, a lot of these will be uneconomic basket cases now, the level of rust will be epic on these. 🙁

  6. Rover 1 Avatar
    Rover 1

    The spelling mistakes are oddly random, but consistent. There are 2 NSU Ro80s labelled as Ro90s
    Lot 129 appears to be a Banham XJS based kit.

    Lot 71 appears to be a Ford 10 based kit from the wheels, something like a Fairthorpe or a Tornado Talisman. There were quite a few body makers and the kits were easily and often altered

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      Mazda 121 headlights? Trying to make it look like an E-Type, vaguely anyway

      1. Rover 1 Avatar
        Rover 1

        An E-Type with a smile and fangs.

      2. Rover 1 Avatar
        Rover 1

        An E-Type with a smile and fangs.

  7. Tiller188 Avatar

    UK-based detailers and parts houses are about to have a very good year…

  8. SlowJoeCrow Avatar

    All kinds of stuff that interests me but some aren’t worth getting from the UK when I can get rust free LHD examples closer to home. The Lightweight Landrover, 6 wheel Range Rover, NSU RO 80 and the Scirocco leap out at me. I like the idea of an RO 80 repowered with a Mazda 13B or Renesis.

    1. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      Ro80s repowered with 13Bs go very well indeed.